The Wolf Hybrids
We are pleased to introduce you to our wolf hybrids Bleu and Loki!
Bleu is a 200 lb Timberwolf hybrid. He arrived in 2014 and came from an abusive situation, but has come a long way since. It took a while for him to warm up to people and trust them, but now he is an affectionate gentle giant. The Timberwolf in Bleu’s blood is why he stands very tall. He’s truly stunning to look at, and surprisingly, he is not a howler.
Second is Loki. He is a bit smaller than Bleu, but just as sweet. Loki arrived at PrideRock 3 years ago. He was found as a small abandoned pup and was raised by the person that found him. After a few years he was surrendered to PrideRock so he could receive the diet and care that would give him the best life. He greets people with a gentle howl and he couldn’t be more affectionate. He loves to go on walks and does great on a leash.
Wolf hybrids have very high energy levels and demand a lot of exercise and stimulation. They are highly intelligent and very crafty, so it is not uncommon for owners to be unprepared for the demands that come with owning a wolf hybrid, therefore they are surrendered. Along with this, wolf-hybrids are not allowed in certain cities/properties, so sometimes they have to be re-homed or sent to a sanctuary. Wolf-hybrid breeders are pretty common and can be found all over, but the species of wolf and content of wolf in the litter varies.
Q: Do wolf hybrids act like wolves?
Yes and no, and a lot of it depends on their upbringing and interactions with people. Wolf hybrids have tremendous energy, much of it coming from the wolf content due to their constant need to pursue their next prey. They are also often vocal and will ‘talk’ or howl. In the sense of the wildness, however, ours are not like wolves. The domesticated dog content in their genes really does have a major influence; therefore they build very strong bonds with their humans.
Q: Do wolf hybrids wag their tail?
They do wag their tail and show excitement in a very similar fashion to dogs. Other than their size and appearance, one could not easily tell that they are hybrids.
Q: Can volunteers interact with the wolves? Which animals are volunteers allowed to interact with?
The wolf-hybrids and rescue dogs are the only animals that staff and volunteers can directly interact with. The wolf-hybrids are domesticated and show no food aggression or aggression towards visitors.
Q: How do you sign up for an internship or volunteer?
Our website has a specific page for volunteering and interns who want to fill out an application. Volunteers can then email the completed documents to firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring them when they arrive on their first day. Visit https://www.priderock.org/volunteer/ for volunteer information, and https://www.priderock.org/internships/ for internship applications and information. We are always in need of more volunteers!
Q: Do they have moods? Are they playful?
The wolf hybrids are very even-tempered and are often very upbeat and playful. They love visits and to get their ears scratched.
Q: What do you feed them?
Wolf hybrids eat more than just conventional dry food, so they also eat a mix of meat products including raw ground meat, chicken, etc.
Q: How much do they eat?
Each one gets a full bowl of food each day. This amount is monitored so they maintain a healthy weight.
Q: How old can they get?
They age similarly to normal dogs, however the larger hybrids, Bleu for example, might live less. This is also standard for large breeds of dog in general; they usually do not live as long as smaller breeds.
Q: Do they catch mice?
The hybrids do not run free so this is something that they can’t pursue, however if they came across a mouse they would likely make an effort.
Q: Do they have to get a bath? Do they hate it?
Unless they get into something a bath isn’t really necessary. They have double coats that are water-proof, so dirt doesn’t grab onto their fur like it does silky dogs. It does shed heavily though, but this is similar to Malamutes and Huskies.
Q: Do you have to give them medical care or supplement their diet?
Like all PrideRock animals, they are monitored every day to ensure that they are happy and healthy. If they begin to show symptoms of not feeling well, whether it be an ear infection or arthritis, they are given the appropriate medical treatment/supplement to get them on their feet again.
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At PrideRock we cover all the needs of the animals, permanently.
The costs are extensive, especially with regards to feeding. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us cover the expenses; we believe that such an investment is money well-spent, and that’s why we exist. Please join us now!